China, US to Work Toward 'Complete, Verifiable' Denuclearization of North Korea

Warmbier's death caused a public furor in the US, bringing home the threat posed by North Korea to average citizens more than dozens of ballistic missile and nuclear tests over the past few years.

The comments published by the agency were North Korea's first reaction to Otto Warmbier's death in a US hospital Monday after it released him for what it called humanitarian reasons.

Otto Warmbier was laid to rest Thursday, less than two weeks after he was returned to the United States from North Korea. He'd been in a coma for more than a year.

Rodman said on "Good Morning America" as he choked back tears.

The University of Virginia student was held in January last year while touring North Korea and was sentenced to 15 years hard labour after being convicted of stealing a propaganda poster from his hotel room. "He went to North Korea, for f*ck's sake, and then acted like a spoiled, naive, arrogant U.S. college student who had never had to face the consequences of his actions".

The University of Virginia student was detained for almost 17 months after his arrest, allegedly for stealing a propaganda poster while touring the reclusive nation. According to Young Pioneer Tours' statement earlier this week, which struck a markedly different tone, this was due to the fact that "the assessment of risk for Americans visiting North Korea has become too high".

Refuting these accusations, an unnamed spokesman for North Korea's Foreign Ministry told KCNA that painting such a defamatory portrait of North Korea will only lead the country to harshen treatment for foreign detainees in the future.

A former US diplomat, who said he counseled Otto Warmbier's family for over a year after he was detained in North Korea, said the conversation he had with the family after they learned Otto's dire medical condition was one of the most emotional of his career.

"The fact that Warmbier died suddenly in less than a week just after his return to the USA in his normal state of health indicators is a mystery to us as well", the spokesman said.

All the recent emphasis on Russian Federation, which in my opinion is largely misguided, has taken the spotlight off what is clearly a bigger threat to free peoples of the world: North Korea.

Both the State Department and Warmbier's father, Fred, deny that Rodman played any roll in the American's release.

He warned that the "smear campaign" against the North compelled it to "make firm determination that humanitarianism and benevolence for the enemy are a taboo and we should further sharpen the blade of law".

Warmbier was detained and sentenced to hard labor early previous year while he was in a hotel on a tourist trip. The response came after South Korea blamed the North for his fat and President Donald Trump criticized his imprisonment and death as "a total disgrace".

  • Leroy Wright